We were borne from the ideas of people with lived experience of childhood sexual abuse who wanted to change the lack of support and also the lack of understanding from some professionals about how trauma in childhood in particular childhood sexual abuse impacts on the life of those affected and Empower the Invisibles Project was set up. We had no funds just our passion for making change and supporting others. With all these ideas in mind one of the co-founders turned to the wider recovery community and sourced seed funding so on behalf of the team I would like to express our thanks to Red Rose Recovery and Lancashire User Forum for approving the Building Recovery in the Community application that I submitted.
The funding provided has allowed the C.I.C. to grow at a mucher quicker pace than we could have hoped for and it means that we can do more voluntary peer support groups for the community not only in Lancashire but further afield.
With the BRiC funding we have been able to purchase equipment, attend conferences that we can learn from and also reimburse volunteer expenses. We have also been able to fund launch events for the Invisible Exhibition that raises not only awareness but the profile of the C.I.C. and it will change lives and promote recovery.
So on behalf of all of us at Empower the Invisible
We would also like to extend our gratitude and thanks to Clive Grunshaw Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner for the grant he has provided for us to expand our project. This funding ensures that not only can we open additional peer support groups but we can secure the longevity of them and this enables to assist other adults with trauma related issues around non recent childhood sexual abuse.